Author Archives: Tori Kerr
More like a short film, the new DDG video was directed by Bret Easton Ellis. You may have heard of his novels American Psycho or Less Than Zero oh or The Rules of Attraction, maybe? Yeah. Him. The video is at once eerie, disarming and totally enthralling. Enjoy.
After traveling to the far east, Bombay Knox is back to bring you ラップショー aka #RapShow!!
Concertgoers had no doubts whether or not Shark Week and Bass Drum of Death would deliver on Friday night. Simply, the DC locals and the Mississippi garage rockers tore the roof off the Black Cat Backstage. The crowd was so dense, in fact, that BDoD proved themselves more than worthy of booking the renowned Black Cat mainstage in a year or so following their next album (we’re crossing our fingers for that record to come soon)
For the past three years, WRGW has hosted its Spring Concert at 6th & I, the historic synagogue in Chinatown. In 2012, we saw Red Line Grafitti and Reptar bring the house down. Last year, we teamed up with other local college radio stations to bring Deerhunter, Mas Ysa and Jackson Scott to DC. This year, we are so proud to announce a very special lineup that reflects a focus for the station.
The last time we saw DC locals Shark Week, they were opening for Mac DeMarco in the basement of an American University academic building. This Thursday, they’ll rile the crowd for Mississippi’s Bass Drum of Death at the Black Cat. Shark Week’s wild psych sound comes alive through performance, almost as if infused with a new, rawer soul. That rough ’round the edges sensibility is the perfect match for Bass Drum of Death, the Southern princes of garage rock. The black and white checkerboard floor of the Black Cat could withstand a number of things tomorrow night: grooving, stomping, head banging, crowd surfing and plenty of beer spillage.
Very exciting stuff out today– Inventions (the duo of Mark Smith from Explosions in the Sky and Matthew Cooper of Eluvium) have just released “Entity.” It’s the first single off their upcoming album from Temporary Residence Ltd (out April 1st). It’ll keep you warm during this second round of polar vortex.
As you may or may not know, the mtvU Woodie awards are upon us. What is a Woodie? you ask. It’s a wacky wooden block given to outstanding college radio stations. Why do we want one? No one is really sure. But we definitely want one. Last year, KSUA of the University of Alaska – Fairbanks won… Come on, guys. It’s time to give the District a Woodie.
To nominate WRGW for this spellbinding award, nominate us here! But get on it because the nomination period ends on Friday, January 31st at 4pm EST!
To preview a new semester of fantastic programming, Tori Kerr, AKA DJTK, will speak to the band live.
FIDLAR is currently on tour, supporting the Pixies. If you’re in the DMV, you can see them on January 26th at the Music Center in Bethesda, MD. They recently released a brand-spankin-new single, “Awkward.”
Listen in at http://www.gwradio.com or, if you’re on the go, you can listen live via the TuneIn app on your smartphone (you have one of those, right?)
Do you have a question for the band? Or want a shoutout? Post it on Tori’s WRGW page or tweet at her (@kerrazytrain) and she just may fulfill your wish!
Every semester, WRGW is growing and transforming to suit new goals. Every year, we book more interviews, in-studio performances and ticket giveaways. 2013 saw visits from the Blank Tapes, Pickwick and DC locals The Petticoat Tearoom; trips to the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, CMJ and Mad Decent Block party; dancing at U St Music Hall for Le1f and Kate Nash at the 9:30 Club and features on GWU artists like Typhoon and Soundtrack to Sleep. Not to mention, we conducted interviews with DC locals GEMS, Jimmy Shaw of Metric, Baz of The Fratellis and country legend Jim Ed Brown. And that’s just bits and pieces.
For the 2013-2014 year, we wanted to connect more with the DC community and expand outside of our station basement (beautiful as it may be). One of the steps we’re taking is to support the DIY scene here in The District. For college students, venues like The Dunes, Comet Ping-Pong and local house shows offer us the opportunity to keep up with the best in new music– on a budget. So, keep an eye out for those features. And of course, we will continue to do ticket giveaways, DJ campus events and host our open mic nights at Baked and Wired in Georgetown.
For now, catch us at The Dougout this Friday for Speedy Ortiz, Grass is Green, Two Inch Astronaut and Collapser. You won’t want to miss it; there will be something for punk fans, folk fans and anyone in between. Get the details here!
TL;DR– Support local music and, of course, college radio. We’ll see you on the airwaves. Always listen live at http://www.gwradio.com!
WRGW Music Director